Life without Luka, Nike fails Rangers and Hakeem Olajuwon memories — Kevin Sherrington’s A La Carte

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Kevin Sherrington’s A La Carte

— Let’s assume Luka Doncić doesn’t play Monday, either, which seems to be the prevailing opinion. Could the Mavs still win Game 2? Read my column to see how. But let’s say the Mavs didn’t read it and go down 0-2 to the Jazz. Could they still win if Luka’s back for Game 3? Maybe you recall the Clippers were down 0-2 against the Mavs last year and still won in six games. The Mavs can’t win this series without Luka at some point, the sooner the better. To a point. Kevin Durant rushed back from a soft tissue injury to play in the Finals for Golden State in 2019, ruptured his Achilles and missed the next season. So that’s why Jason Kidd keeps saying questions about Luka’s return are really above his pay grade. Because they are.

— For the second year in a row, jordan spieth won on Easter. Next year, the Masters ends on Easter. “Good vibes,” Spieth said. Yes, especially for Spieth’s favorite tournament. Will Vegas take this sort of thing into consideration? Don’t bet against something that seems, you know, Biblical.

— Let’s review: Since the Cowboys last played, we’ve learned that they paid four of their cheerleaders $2.4 million after they accused Jerry Jones’ PR chief of filming them in their locker room; Jerry, 79, was accused in a lawsuit of fathering a child now 25; Charlotte Jones’ divorce revealed that in her 31 years of marriage to Shy Anderson, they accumulated $1.34 billion in property; an alleged sex tape involving Jerry Jones Jr. reportedly was circulated among interested parties; and Dallas police investigated the culpability of Cowboys cornerback Kevin Joseph in a murder investigation before deciding not to press charges. Another typical Cowboys off-season.

— When I asked Chris Woodward about the demoralizing impact of his bullpen, he said it was only four games. No time to panic. Now it’s been nine games. What’s the over/under on panic, anyway?

— If the Rangers didn’t look right to you over the weekend, it wasn’t only because of the pitching staff. Turns out Nike didn’t deliver the club’s powder blue, royal blue or red alternate jerseys. Supposedly a “supply chain issue.” Right. Next time the boss asks where my column is, I’m going to call it a “supply chain issue” and see what that gets me.

Corey Seager took the day off Sunday, the Rangers’ ninth game, because he was a little sore. Granted, he has an injury history, and the Rangers have a long-term investment. Still, he’s 27. Also collecting $200,617 per game, at a rate of 162 games. Not that I’m counting.

— Yahoo! Sports boxing columnist Kevin Iole says if DeSoto’s own Errol Spence Jr., who accumulated his third welterweight belt Saturday with a 10th round decision over Yordenis Ugas at JerryWorld, doesn’t fight Terence Crawford, and soon, “it will show how big of a joke this sport has become.” For the record, Jerry Seinfeld couldn’t come up with a bigger joke than boxing, but, yeah.

— Speaking of jokes, Terrell Owens first catch in something called the “Fan Controlled Football League” was a touchdown. Check it out. Looks like they’re playing in Corey Seager’s walk-in closet. TO, who is 48, plays for the Zappers. One of his quarterbacks is Johnny Manziel, though Johnny Football was not the QB on TO’s TD. Probably taking a well-deserved break, too.

— ESPN’s college Football Power Index came out this month and the top 10 is Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Texas, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh and Auburn. Did you stumble a little after coming across “Texas” in the middle of that sentence? Me, too. The Longhorns went 5-7 last year. If they finish fifth in the AP poll, which would be their highest ranking since coming in second in 2009, Steve Sarkisian should cop national coach of the year honors. Quinn Ewers should win the Heisman Trophy by acclimation. And Texas fans should feel a little better about their chances of sneaking into the SEC in a couple years.

Story time: A woman writing a book about Hakeem Olajuwonthe Houston legend, called the other day to talk about my experiences covering him for the old houston post from 1982-84, back when he was the “slam” in Phi Slama Jama. You wouldn’t think much could happen in two seasons, or that I could even remember it if it did. But I told her about flying home from Hawaii with Hakeem when he decided to leave a tournament early and UH officials inexplicably asking if I’d mind playing his escort from him; Hakeem boycotting the media over a story I wrote about him in 1984; Hakeem calling me out for said story at the ’84 Final Four and ending up a story myself; and tailing Hakeem in the spring of ’84 after reports that he was turning pro. In the last episode, a source told me Hakeem was meeting with a representative of the Rockets to discuss the possibilities. So I listed the services of Bob Falkoff, who covered the Rockets for the Post. From practice at Hofheinz Pavilion, we followed Hakeem to a high-rise on Westheimer, where we waited outside. Spent the time eating burgers in the car. The French Connection kind of stuff. Eventually, Hakeem came out and we followed him some more. . . until we lost him in Houston traffic. Hakeem did, indeed, turn pro, and the Rockets did, indeed, draft him, but, alas, the scoop did not appear in the Post. The only solace I took was that even if I never amounted to much as a sportswriter, I’d have been a worse cop.

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